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Final Trip Ends ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, TUE&, DEC. 19, 1972 Page 10 Apollo Travels Boosted U.S. Prestige SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — The last Apollo comes home today, ending a $25-billion program created to boost American prestige but carried on as a scientific exploration for all men. Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Harrison H. Schmitt and Ronald E. Evans are to splash down in the Pacific Ocean 400 miles southeast of Samoa at 2:24 p.m. EST. Waiting in good weather is the carrier USS Ticonderoga, the primary recovery ship. Helicopters from the carrier will hover over the Apollo 17 command ship, America, after It blazes through the atmosphere and then floats to a splashdown under three huge parachutes. The astronauts will be plucked from a life raft and taken to the ship for a brass hat welcome. On their last night in space the crewmen held a televised news conference, answering 13 questions relayed from reporters by Mission Control. During the program, geologist Schmitt said that while on the moon he and Cernan sampled "a broad spectrum of lunar history" and "increased the perspective for the future of mankind in the solar system." The return of America completes a journey to the Taurus- Littrow valley of the moon after departing from Cape Kennedy, Fla., at 12:33 a.m. EST Dec. 7. The mission, despite a computer problem which delayed launch two hours and 40 minutes, has gone smoothly with no serious problems. Cernan, a 39-year-old Navy pilot on his third space mission, and Schmitt, a Harvard-trained geologist and the first American scientist in space, spent 75 hours on the moon's surface, the 11th and 12th men to perform the deed. They conducted three ex- curions, using an electric car, and covered more than 20 miles of the moon's surface. They visited a variety of topographical features and discovered a patch of orange soil near what may have been the mouth of a volcano dead about 100 million years. They also gathered rocks, fallen from a mountain top, which may be older than A Happy Return For Lunar Crew ABOARD USS TICONDEROGA (AP) Cakes, souvenir gifts and a brass hat welcome awaited the Apollo 17 astronauts aboard this recovery ship today. And for one of them it was a return to a former home. Splashdown was scheduled for 2:24 p.m. EST. Navy Cmdr. Ronald E. Evans was a fighter pilot aboard the Ticonderoga in 1966, serving off the coast of Vietnam, when he was notified of his selection as an astronaut. He was the command module pilot aboard Apollo 17, the last of the moon flight series. Evans, Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt are to be aboard the aircraft carrier only overnight — as it steams 400 miles northwest to Samoa from the scheduled splashdown point in the South Pacific. So many dignitaries have come aboard the last few days that the astronauts — stars of the show — will have to content themselves with standard, plain Navy quarters rather than the more sumptuous admiral's stateroom and other roomy compartments that awaited their predecessors. Arrivals aboard the carrier the last few days include a rear admiral, an Air Force general, the governor of America Samoa, three senators and nine congressmen. Bakers aboard the Ticonderoga have created 35 cakes — more than 600 pounds — enough to serve the crew of 1,500, astronauts and guests at a formal dinner tonight. Before they leave ship Wednesday, the astronauts will be given 24-karat gold-plated knives of the type used by underwater demolition team swimmers. The knives, gifts of crew members, will be placed into the command module by Lt Jonathan Smart, 25, of Belmont, Mass., the swim team leader who was to be the first to make contact with the astronauts. And the last of the Apollo splashdowns will also have a first: a 17-member band, the official band of the Pacific Fleet, will play a new march for the Apollo 17 crew. The lyric-less tune was written by a New Jersey songwriter, Jack Peters. It's entitled: "Son of the Astronaut." Esta Semana en Estherville Por Mac y Kathy Patterson NOTICIAS NACIONALES El Presidente Truman (194553) todavia esta en una condi- cion muy seria. El dene ochenta y ocho anos y dia tras dia el es un poco menos fuerte. Esta semana, los Estados Unidos ban tenido otro vuelo especial a la luna. Tres navega- dores del espacio entraron en la astronave el miercoles y van a volver pronto. Este es el ultimo vuelo a la luna de los E.E.U.U. Ahora van a trabajar con los Rusos en un proyecto de un ve- hiculo espacial. Saben ustedes que mas de doce por ciento de la gente de Iowa tiene sesenta y cincoanos o mas? Es una parte grande. NOTICIARIO DEPORTATIVO El campeonato del futbol amer- icano empieza el sabado que viene. Los Vaqueros de Dallas, Texas, juegan con los de San Francisco. El domingo loslndios de Washington juegan contra el equipo de Green Bay. Los Delfines de Miami no perdieron ninguna partida durante este ano en futbol. NOTICIAS DE INTER ES LOCAL El gobernador de Iowa dice que no se preocupen todos a causa del rumor de la falta del aceite combustible. Yo mismo he oido que es pos- ible que Uds. tengan en su "dor- mitorio" ventanas rotas y cale- faccion insatisfactoria. Como sa ben, hace muchisimo frio aqui y yo me preocupo de las condi- ciones bajo que viven ustedes. Si no tienen buen calentador, llamame en seguida: Marcos, 362-3354. Como saben, Estherville tiene leyes especiales cuando nieva aqui. Estas especiales son para ayudar a la ciudad en el remover la nieve de las calles. Durante un periodo del remover la nieve— despues de una nevada — es necesario que: 1) en las fechas pares del calendario (como el 2, el 4, el 6, etc.) tengan que estacionar los coches en el lado de la calle con numeros constantes (como 102, 1104, o 2726). 2) en las fechas impares, ten gan que estacionar en el otro la- do. Se anuncian tales periodos de estacionar especial en el radio y solamente despues de una ne- vasca. Tambienes necesario que: 3) espalen las aceras dentro de diez horas. LA NAVIDAD El lunes que viene es Navidad. Es posible que hayan visto las decoraciones en el centro. En los E.E.U.U. es un tiempo de grandes festividades y de re- uniones defamilias. Por logener al cada fam ilia tiene un arbol de Navidad, y miembros de la familia les dan regalos a los otros. La mayoria de las igles- ias de Estherville estaran abier- tas el domingo por la noche para servicios de la nochebuena y para celebrar el nacimiento de Jesucristo. No olviden ustedes que San Nicolas va a visitar a todos los buenos ninos el domingo por la noche. Que pasen Uds. los dias festivos muy felizmente! LECCION DE INGLES Estas son palabras de Navidad y de la estacion de invierno: Christmas (Navidad) Christmas card (aleluya navidena) Christmas carol (villancico) Christmas Eve (nochebuena) Christmas gift (regalo de Navidad) Christmas tree (arbol de Navidad) Holiday (dia feriado) snow (nieve) ski (esquiar) Santa Claus (Papa Noel) sleigh (trineo) reindeer (reno) winter (invierno) any ever before examined. Evans waited in space while his crewmates explored the moon and added to the Apollo 17 discoveries by sighting orange soil and rock from a 70- mile orbit. A preliminary report issued Monday by geological scientists at the space center in Houston praised Schmitt and Cernan work as having "thoroughly exploited the potential at the landing site and met the highest standards for scientific exploration." They said the finding of the orange soil could lead to radical changes in concepts about lunar history. In the news conference televised from their speeding spacecraft, the astronauts Monday described their lunar adventure. "On this last Apollo flight," said Schmitt, they had hoped "to find some of the oldest and also some of the youngest rocks on the moon ... I think we did that." He said the orange-colored soil they discovered "was reminiscent of alterations caused by hot water or hot gases on earth . . . That does not necessarily mean it has to be volcanic. But the process would be related in that it was of internal origin." If Schmitt is correct, the or ange soil will be the samples from a period of moon history perhaps as recent as 100 million years ago, a period considered recent in terms of planetary evolution. It would also end the belief of many scientists that the moon became geologically dead about three billion years ago and prove that it continued to evolve until a much more recent time. Cernan, speaking on the theme that Apollo 17 is "only the beginning," said that although man may not return to the moon in this century, "we will continue into deep space." Then he added that the "real challenge of the future for all peoples on earth is to weld themselves into a coherent group and enjoy the knowledge of future exploration." Apollo 17 completes the American program of lunar exploration which began in 1961. In an effort to bolster American prestige in the face of continuing Russian successes in space, President John F. Kennedy selected a manned landing on the moon within the 1960s as a hard, but achievable goal. Still Another Nixon Landslide As Electorial College Votes BOSTON (AP) - "The party was not defeated," said retired House Speaker John W. McCormack as he cast one of only 17 electoral votes garnered by Sen. George McGovern in the presidential election. McCormack, who turns 81 Thursday, was the second of Massachusetts' 14 Democratic presidential electors who cast ballots Monday in the state Senate chamber, expressing the will of the only state not carried by Republican President Nixon in his landslide victory Nov. 7. The District of Columbia gave McGovern his other three electoral votes. McCormack, who retired in 1970 after 42 years in the House, the last nine as speaker, said the results of the election did not spell doom for the Democratic party. "The party is in a sound position," he said, citing a net gain of two seats in the Senate and a "I won't get into that," McCormack said. Newly elected Democratic National Chairman Robert Strauss, who replaced McGovern's hand-picked choice, Jean Westwood, "is very satisfactory to me," McCormack said. McCormack said the Democrats will need to revise the reform guidelines adopted this year to open the party to under-represented minorities and women, but he did not urge that the reforms be junked. "We can never turn back the pages of time," he said, calling for "clarifications of the guidelines, not elimination." McCormack commented on gain in the number of governorships controlled by Democrats. "The vote showed the people wanted the Democratic party in control," said McCormack, "particularly in Congress." He refrained, however, from commenting on McGovern's effect on the party's fortunes. Nixon's Second Man Hit in Tax Dispute DALLAS (AP) - William P. Clements Jr., President Nixon's choice to be No. 2 man at the Pentagon, is a central figure in a bitter legal battle that involves allegations of fraud and conspiracy, plus a dispute over income taxes. Clements, several business associates and Southeastern Drilling Co. of Dallas, which Clements founded in 1947, are defendants in a civil suit brought by an Argentine businessman who says they cheated him out of full commissions due for his help in obtaining one of the largest oil drilling contracts in history. Repeated efforts by the Associated Press to reach Clements for comment were unsuccessful. After the AP disclosed existence of the suit Sunday, Clements told The Dallas News the case would have no effect on his nomination to be deputy secretary of defense, announced by the White House Tuesday. The multimillionaire Dallas oilman told the newspaper he was not a defendant in the suit, but refused further comment. However, papers on file in U.S. District Court in Dallas clearly name him as a defendant. The four-year contract to drill 1,000 wells in Argentina helped propel Southeastern, now known as Sedco Inc., from a relatively small wildcat outfit to a worldwide operation which last year grossed $130 million. The contract was so successful that within five years it was worth .$4.2 million to Clements and members of his family. Their total personal investment was $310 court records show. The exact evolution of their initial investment was not known. Clements, 55, now is board chairman of Sedco and owns more than $100 million of its stock. The civil suit, filed in Dallas federal court in 1966 by Antonio A. Diaz of Buenos Aires, already !vt ; ; gone through one trial and two appeals virtually unnoticed. The first trial was devoted to determining what percentage of the deal Diaz actually owned. The conspiracy and fraud part of the complicated case is due for trial in the spring. But the next legal step is a conference in Dallas among lawyers and the federal judge. It is scheduled for January, about Massachusetts' solitary stand as the only state carried by McGovern. , "It shows the independence of the voters of Massachusetts," he explained. There were other acknowledgements of the state's singular position. Republican Gov. Francis W. Sargent, present to swear the Democratic electors into office, said, "We seem to do things a little differently in Massachusetts." And among the approximately 100 spectators was one guest wearing a campaign-style button reading, "Massachusetts — the Lone Star State." Children Reach Santa At New York Post Office the time Clements goes before the Senate Armed Services Committee for confirmation hearings. A key aspect of the case is that Southeastern has acknowledged destroying many of its Argentine records in 1964 shortly after drilling was completed and the subsidiaries handling it were dissolved. Some of those arrayed against Clements in the case also say destruction of the records could make it impossible to ever determine true profit figures, although Sedco says it's Dallas fies are accurate and sufficient Diaz claims that the company made at least $25 million instead of the $18 million reported and that millions were improperly charged to expenses and deducted from profits. Superior Happy Hour Club Meets At Sah a Home MRS. H. D. GRIFFEE Thirteen members of the Happy Hour Club met at the Arnold Saha home for a potluck recently with gift exchange. The next meeting will be at the Henry Clarken home. Mrs. Nellie Marr of Sauk Centre, Minn, visited at the home of Mrs. Julia Potter recently. During the day Mrs. Esta Johnson, Mrs. Tressa Slingerland and Mrs. Esther Lynch called. Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Griffee attended the funeral of Horace Ferrin at Cherokee Dec. 15. Mr. Ferrin was the father of Mr. and Mrs. Griffee's son-in- law, Wilbur Ferrin. Mr. and Mrs. Enoch Johnson of Alexandria, Minn., visited Mrs. Dora Langfeldt were dinner guests at the Harvey Svenby home. Mrs. Svenby and Mrs. Langfeldt visited at the Eston Johnson home in Spencer Thursday where the Enoch Johnsons were staying to help care for the children while one was in the hospital. Supper guests at the Robert Miner home recently were Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Miner of Estherville and Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Griffee. NEW YORK (AP) — A 7- year-old girl in Northern Ireland and another in the Irish Republic to the south have found they can reach Santa Claus at the same place — the General Post Office in New York. In both cases, Santa went by the name of Elyse Feldman, a high school teacher who is one of a number of New Yorkers who each year go to the post office, pick up batches of letters addressed to Santa, and answer them. Last week she picked up a group of about 50, most of them from poor areas of New York,, '• to bring to a party at which friends would match them with gifts. In the batch was a letter from Anna Maree Mclvor, 7, of Upper Mullan Ballinderry Bridge, Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. And there was one from Ethna Joyce, 7, with a postmark identifying her town as Clifeen, a coastal town about 50 miles west of Galway City. Somehow, Miss Feldman said, both girls got the idea they could address mail to Santa through the New York post office, and it may be hard now to convince them now that they can't. Anna is getting stationery and some toys and Ethna will get a doll, both with the return address: "Santa Claus. The North Pole." The letters the little girls sent Santa were among thousands — most addressed to the North Pole — that are stored in a separate room at the General Post Office and distributed to groups and individuals who ask for them, the U.S. Postal Service said. The 50 letters Miss Feldman gathered were answered at a party at her Manhattan apartment to which each of the 20 guests brought a bundle of toys. "Some of the letters were very touching — about not having any monley," said one of. the women : at, the party. Some" children wrote asking for presents not for themselves, but for their parents. One letter was fom a mother who said she had llchildren and "the pay is too short." There were the predictable attempts to win over Santa — "I have been a good boy" or "I promise to wait", and the not- so-predictable: "I must tell you the truth. I have been not so good. Sometimes I have been bad." One child asked for books — a request the teachers among the guests couldn't turn down. They had brought only toys to the party, but when they saw that letter, one of them made an extra shopping trip. Don't get involved in other couples' problems By Abigail Van Buren [c if72 by Chlewo Tribunt-N. Y. NIWI Syirt., Inc.] DEAR ABBY: A married couple I have known and liked for a long time have been having their problems. She has accused him of other women, and he's accused her of other men. Well, Mary is going to leave George, only George doesn't know it yet. Mary told me in confidence, and of course I'm not going to say a word to George or to anybody else about this. Mary plans to leave George a note which he will find when he comes home from work saying she has left him. My problem is that Mary wants me. to drive her to the airport. Mary is my best friend, and I hate to let her down, but what would you do if you were me? IN THE MIDDLE DEAR IN: I'd try to persuade Mary to tell George she's leaving him. [He may DRIVE her to the airport.] Stay out of it. If Mary decides to sneak away, let her provide her own transportation. DEAR ABBY: I have read your column for years and now I have something I would like to see printed. I am a 19-year-old girl, and what I have to say concerns "names." Many people give their children cute or unusual names, which is all right if care is used, but it can be a real disaster. I was baptized with a boy's name, "Peter," to be specific, and I would not wish it on my worst female enemy. Records got confused. I got kicked out of class by teachers who didn't believe I was who I said I was, and the police have even taken me down to the station under suspicion because they thought I was concealing my identity. It would be bad enough if I were mannish—but I am very feminine. Some people say a name is not important, but I can tell you it is! A person's name affects intimately how he is seen by others and how he sees himself. It was difficult to think of myself as a girl with a name like Peter. When I reached the age of 18 I had my name legally changed, even tho I faced a great deal of opposition from my family. So, parents of the world, please don't handicap a boy with a girl's name or a girl with a boy's name. It's not fair. Ask the person who has one. BETHANY LYN BROWN [Would you believe, formerly, "Peter Lucille „ _ Josephine Brown?"] DEAR BETHANY: I'm sure you will get no arguments from the Sidneys, Pats, Tonys, Evelyns, Shellys, Marions, Joyces, Kims, Kits, Kirbys, and Terrys. DEAR ABBY: You had a letter in your column from a woman who had a pet cat, and also a cat-hating boyfriend. She always kept the cat out of sight when her boyfriend came over, knowing how much he hated cats. Once he came over unexpectedly and was confronted by the cat, and much to the woman's surprise, the cat jumped on his lap and purred and she could not understand how the boyfriend could fool her and the cat. Your answer leads me to believe you don't know much about cats. Having had at least one house cat for the last 50 years I know that all house cats have one thing in common. They know who likes them and who doesn't. The cat is not fooled. I have seen my cat march into a room full of people and select the one "cat-hater"—jump into his lap, and purr, etc. The reason is because he KNOWS that person hates cats, and he just likes to bug him. Anybody who knows cats will tell you, cats play this little game all the time. But they are NEVER fooled. E. E. L.: BELOIT, WES. DEAR E. E. L.: Thanks for your informative letter. Nobody's purrrrfect!